Fr. Leo, host of “Grace Before Meals” shows us how to make peanut stew, a common dish in Niger, a west African country that The Catholic Sun reported on from the ground in 2012 with a printed piece in 2013.

He said that even a $1 a day during Lent can provide a farmer with seeds for two years. That’s vital because there’s an annual “hungry season,” a time when food runs out and prices rise. CRS assists families through that lean season via food for work programs so they can attempt to satisfy their hunger.

Otherwise, some villagers have been reduced to eating leaves. Others lie awake heartbroken at night hearing their children cry in pain because they are so hungry from going without food for so long.